First Friday in Carbondale has grown into a monthly happening offering far more than open art galleries and a pedestrian-friendly Main Street.
The events celebrate art with a lively mix of shopping, food, music and openings. The weekly events and their festival-like atmosphere began seven years ago, as towns and cities across the country began the trend of First Friday events.
Entering into the dog days of summer, Carbondale’s First Friday on Aug. 2, is dictated by the theme “Life is a Beach.” It will include live music, limbo and hoola hoop contests, with a winding conga line down Main Street.
Over the years, the Carbondale festivities have expanded beyond the town’s Main Street to the Third Street Center and Highway 133 — giving the whole town the feeling of a street party and open house with no open container laws.
Local merchants will have specials celebrating all things Carbondale. To ready for all the activities, Main Street will be closed from 5-9 p.m.
The town and its First Fridays Coalition hands out free maps during the town-wide monthly events, giving art lovers a chance to plan their stops over the course of the evening.
The new Carbondale Branch Library, located at 320 Sopris Ave., hosts TVS & Two Fingers from Fort Collins in concert from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For 17 years, TVS & Two Fingers have been involving audiences with a mind-teasing mix of original and spoken words and sound art made from traditional and very non-traditional instruments. All ages are welcome to attend this “sound poetry” concert.
The Carbondale Clay Center hosts an opening reception for Staci DeBolt from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The August exhibition at the Clay Center features Debolt’s new work, “The Giving Chair.” DeBolt has previously made porcelain pots, detailed with multiple surface decoration techniques, including slip trail and mishima. She is the center’s current artist-in-residence. The exhibition will explore forms decorated with images of chairs, addressing the question of, “What is the relationship between a person, a place of rest and their environment?”
The Clay Center, along with exhibiting work by ceramicists like DeBolt and a rotating roster of resident artists, hosts weekly classes and workshops in a friendly learning environment to, as they like to say, “fire the imagination.”
The SoL Theatre Company, meanwhile, hosts “Kids First Fridays” from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. SoL offers a hands-on, integrated arts workshop to explore creativity through dance, music, drama, painting, clay, mask-making and more with professional teaching artists. It costs $25 per child.
SoL is a combination of a performing arts company, training conservatory and improv troupe comprised of children and young adults. It produces professional children’s theater, offering opportunities for child performers to discover a new level of competence, self-esteem and confidence. The company pairs the kids with professional directors and teachers.
First Friday visitors are encouraged to park in the temporary RFTA parking lot at the corner of Highway 133 and Colorado Avenue, or at the corner of 4th Street and Colorado Avenue, and walk to the various First Friday events, and safely enjoy the promotion of all things Carbondale.
For more information, contact the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce at (970) 963-1890 or firstname.lastname@example.org . More about DeBolt and the clay center can be found at www.carbondaleclay.org . Learn more about SoL at www.soltheatrecompany.com .
Carbondale First Friday
Friday, Aug. 2
Main Street, Carbondale